Gender and Land Champions Can Help – Seven Years of WOLTS in Tanzania
Joyce Ndakaru (Mokoro WOLTS Project)
This short article highlights some of the impacts of the Women’s Land Tenure Security (WOLTS) project’s work in Tanzania from 2016 to 2023 and has been published in English and Kiswahili on various websites. The article explains the important role of trained gender and land champions, chosen from local communities, in building local confidence and critical mass to protect community land and especially promote the land rights of vulnerable groups such as widows and women who have not borne children. The author reflects on personal experience of visiting different communities with some of these champions and seeing the impact they were having on those they met.